The 1+1+1 Project: Q4 Wrap-Up

The year of The 1+1+1 Project has officially come to a close and I’m happy to share that I finished up my last +1 for Q4 just in the nick of time. First though, let’s go back and revisit the +1s I finished earlier this quarter.

Goal 1: Knit a Featherweight Cardi in my Birds in the Holly handspun yarn.

front-onNailed it!

Goal 2: Spin some fun yarns for my daughter’s birthday with these fun mini-batts.

all-threeDone!

Goal 3: Try Kool-Aid dyeing.

Well, you’ll remember the blank slate photo here with the three skeins from Kraemer Yarns Natural Skeins collection…

kool-aidAnd I shared that I managed to Kool-Aid dye both skeins of wool/wool blend…

img_5142Here, the Jane base that is a merino/nylon blend…

And here…

img_5144The Beth base which is a merino/silk/alpaca blend. In case you missed it, you can check out my account of this Kool-Aid dyeing experiment here.

But what about that last skein? Patti is a 100% organic cotton base and thus, as I understand it, it’s not compatible with Kool-Aid dyeing. I did a little research and stumbled upon this article from Craftsy that mentioned using tie-dye kits for dyeing 100% cotton yarn. Having basic familiarity with tie-dyeing, I figured it was worth a shot. I’m not really interested in training to become a professional dyer and I just wanted something fun & easy, so it seemed like the perfect fit for me. I took a quick trip over to my local JoAnn’s Fabrics and grabbed this Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit containing pink, yellow, and turquoise. I washed and let my yarn simmer for a while as per the instructions in the Craftsy article, let it cool down, and then got myself all set.

img_5591 Unlike the last dyeing experiment, this time I remembered to wear gloves.

img_5592And it’s a good thing because where the instructions say, “Don’t over-saturate,” I totally failed. I learned, however, that it didn’t really hurt the yarn… it just took a million years to rinse the extra dye out.

The final yarn? I think it turned out pretty fun!

img_5607I won’t lie, my mind is not programmed to think like a dyer so my resulting skeins always kind of surprise me. Dyeing strikes me as a very “big picture” exercise and “big picture” thinking is not my forté.  I like surprises though, so it all works out for me.

img_5608In all honesty, I love the colors and I think it’ll be fun to knit up. I’m thinking I’ll work up some wash cloths or maybe a largely kitchen towel or something. Since I just finished it, I haven’t yet decided. I’m just ecstatic to have finished by my deadline!

And with that, my year of The 1+1+1 Project comes to a close. I’ve learned that it really does come in handy to wrap up loose ends and, for me at least, it really helps me achieve sweater knitting goals. That said, for how I work and approach my craft projects, I’m not 100% convinced that it’s the best method for me. I tend to work more on a sliding scale where my plans shift and change very organically based on so many variables in my life. And I get stressed if I don’t get to things “on time.”

I’ll be leaving The 1+1+1 Project thread open in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry group and some folks have already started lining up their goals — it’s fantastic! I might hold off for the first quarter at least and reassess how I could best use the format. Maybe 3 grand goals for the year would be a better fit for me or 3 goals every 6 months. I will ponder that for a while, I think. In the mean time though, I’m thankful for all the projects this little experiment helped me finish, the new-to-me adventures in craft that I’ve tried, and the things I’ve learned about myself along the way.

The 1+1+1 Project: Q3 Wrap-Up & Q4 Plans

If you’ll remember, my Q2 goals for the 1+1+1 project were pretty much a bust. I did get a lot done, but I left my goals on the table. I was pretty committed to make Q3 happen though and I’m happy to share today that I did it!

Goal 1: Fun in the Tour de Fleece.

img_3992Done. And I made some fabulous yarn, too.

Goal 2: Knit up my 3 pairs of socks for the Feel Good Yarn Co Summer Sock Club.

img_3808One…

img_4104Two…

img_4415Three! What a blast, too!

And Goal 3: Finish the 2 projects from Q2 I totally whiffed on.

Hamlin Peak…

hamlin-peak-detDone.

And Swoop…

swoop-detDone.

I’m going to save most of the photos for next week when I can write a bit more in depth about each project — I hope you don’t mind!

So I did it! I managed all 3 of my third quarter goals! Whew-hoo!

There really is no rest for this crafter, so it’s time to square away what’s what for the fourth quarter, right? I’m trying to take into account that it’s a busy time of year — we got lots of birthdays and holidays happening, so here goes…

Goal 1: Knit a Featherweight Cardi in my Birds in the Holly handspun yarn.

featherweightYou’ll remember I spun the 8oz in late spring and then an additional 4oz during the Tour de Fleece. It is time this yarn becomes a sweater!

Goal 2: Spin some fun yarns for my daughter’s birthday with these fun mini-batts.

delia-battsMy girl is still bonkers for her Wee Weaver and we’re going to surprise her with a Placemat Weaver for her birthday so I’ve got to get her set with her favorite color yarns, right?!

batts-openI can’t wait to spin and then see her weave with these lovely textures!

Goal 3: Try Kool-Aid dyeing.kool-aidThe only dyeing I’ve ever undertaken did not turn out great, so when I got these Kraemer Natural Skeins in the mail I knew it was time to give it another go. I’ve got three different blends and a basic plan for each. A little research and I will be on my way!

I think my goals are mostly reasonable for this time of year. I suppose we shall see! What are your goals for the last 3 months of this year?

The 1+1+1 Project: Q1 Wrap-Up & Q2 Plans

I’m a couple days late sharing this post — sorry about that! I actually hoped to post yesterday and only be a day late, but when I went to pull yarn out of my stash for one of my upcoming projects, well, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was up to my eyeballs organizing and updating the entire yarn and fiber stash on Ravelry.

img_2744-1Considering I had a pounding headache, it was not the brightest thing I’ve done, but I have a long history of making questionable choices regarding chores when I am not feeling well. This was the kind of mostly mindless thing one can do with a headache, though, as there’s really no creative thought required. And now my stash is totally searchable and I even entered locations so I can go straight to the right spot and find everything. That’s pretty nifty if you ask me. For this moment, let’s enjoy the fact that I accomplished this feat and ignore the fact that I have enough yarn and fiber that it is helpful to assign each piece a location, ok?

 In any case, I got distracted and just didn’t get back to writing this post. So let me get to that!

First, I’m happy to report my Q1 for the 1+1+1 Project was a success — hooray! I got all three projects I set out to finish done.

img_1841You’ll remember that this is where I started.

I got to my Snowfling Mitts first.

topsideAnd thank goodness as I’ve been using them. Did I mentioned it’s snowing today?

And then I worked on my Agnes Sweater.on2I got the vast majority of this done while on our Yellowstone vacation. Honestly, I think drying this after its wash was the most time-consuming part of it. It’s been an awesome bit, cozy sweater for me and I adore it! I wore it just the other day out on the trail under my raincoat and it was perfection.

And last but not least, the big kahuna of my Q1 — spinning these 12oz of fiber into yarn.

img_2432I chose to spin this during the month of March to go along with the Three Waters Farm Unexpected Combo spinalong. 12oz of singles plus plying in one month is a huge under-taking for me, especially since I managed to spin some of the finest yarn I’ve ever spun. I made it though!

3ply pileAnd as you saw earlier this week, I have this 1100yard fingering-weight skein to show for it.

2ply pileAnd this 520yard lace weight skein as well.

So what is in store for Q2, you ask? Well, let me show you!

 First, I’m planning to knit up a project that’s about a year overdue in my schedule…

img_2757Pam Allen’s Hamlin Peak in Quince & Co’s Kestrel in the Urchin colorway. A worsted weight linen, this will be perfect for summer.

Next, around Christmas time I saw a photo on Instagram of Rachel from Dyeabolical knitting up a shawl using a combination of her Lucy & Fuchsia So Bright! colorways and loved it so much that I picked up a couple skeins for myself.

img_2752Aren’t they pretty together?

Anyways, I toiled for quite a while as to which pattern I wanted to use and after much deliberation I’ve settled on Rosemary Hill’s Swoop.

img_2756 I might run tight on yardage, but there are a couple projects where folks have made it with the yardage I have. And anyways, I rest assured that I know where I can get more if I need it.

And finally, a spinning project.

img_2758Last year at the end of the Tour de Fleece, I started this project with the intention of keeping up my spindling. And I did not. At all. It sat with me having spun about 1/4 of a rolag for months. Then, recently I acquired this sweet little Golding spindle that is rocking my world. I’ll tell you more about it soon, but suffice to say I’ve been enjoying snippets of time with this little baby. I keep it in the kitchen and have started carrying it along in my bag now and then in lieu of knitting.  After spinning up a little sample skein (again, more later), I got the idea that I should make this project happen. And now I am.

Do you have any plans for Q2 of this year? I’d love to hear! Remember we’re sharing about our 1+1+1 projects over in the Friends of Knitting Sarah Ravelry Group — we’d love to see & hear what your goals are!